In what language you write the bills?
Thread poster: Natalia Elo

Natalia Elo  Identity Verified
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Jan 18, 2005

Hi everybody,

Sorry if this is again from the category 'Russian female rocket scientist in Australia' (don't mean anybody in particular) i.e. if this sounds stupid, but in what language you write invoices? I just registered for German tax number and want to do everything right.

Does it matter at all? Will I have to show it later on to tax authorities in Germany?
The client is a translation bureau in Finland, so I'm sure they understand German whereas I doubt if German civil servants at Finanzamt can read Finnish.

I applied for exempt from VAT according to Kleinunternehmerregelung and as far as I got right everything what I've read on this forum, I should mention it on the bill.

Thanks in advance
Natalia


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Hi Natalia Jan 18, 2005

I can only say that I communicate with my clients in English, and all my invoices are in English, irrespectively of the client's location (even if it is France, Taiwan, South Africa, Norway or Belgium). And there were never any problems with Polish tax authorities.

Probably you could consider issuing bilingual invoices to avoid possible problems.

[Edited at 2005-01-18 12:43]


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Alison Schwitzgebel
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My tax advisor told me.... Jan 18, 2005

When I started out as a freelancer, my tax advisor told me to write my invoices in German - but perhaps that was just so that he could understand them. However I have customers all over the world now, so after spending a while writing bi-lingual invoices I've now moved over to using English all the time. My customers are perfectly happy with that, and if the tax man has a problem, then I'd be happy to give him a translation!

HTH

Alison


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Linn Arvidsson  Identity Verified
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English and Swedish Jan 18, 2005

When I send bills to my Swedish customers I use Swedish. For all other customers I use English regardless where in the world they might be located.

/Linn

[Edited at 2005-01-18 15:25]


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Natalia Elo  Identity Verified
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Thank you Jan 18, 2005

Thank you Natalie, Alison and Linn,

I sent it already in Finnish.

Why I can see your country under your photos, and can't see mine?

Natalia


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Linn Arvidsson  Identity Verified
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Your country Jan 18, 2005


Why I can see your country under your photos, and can't see mine?


In your profile, under Contact Info" you may choose your country. This country is then visible under your photo.


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Natalia Elo  Identity Verified
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Thanks again! Jan 18, 2005

Linn Arvidsson wrote:

In your profile, under Contact Info" you may choose your country. This country is then visible under your photo.


Thank you, Linn!


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